Paying Tribute To A PA Pioneer – Charles Drew Morten


Noted for much of the early development and advancement of the PA profession in Missouri, Charles Drew Morten, passed away March 16, 2016.

Drew and his wife moved to St. Louis, MO in 1977 where he completed a PA program and later earned a Master’s Degree in Public Health from Saint Louis University.

After a number of years in clinical practice, Drew entered the field of health care administration, occupying a number of senior leadership positions with health care organizations in Missouri, including former President of the Missouri Academy of Physician Assistants (MOAPA).

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As a Missouri PA pioneer, Drew has been a key legislative advocate for PAs in MO for many years. He fought for favorable PA language within the state and advocated for PAs during his entire medical career. During his administration of the Missouri Academy of PAs, his involvement played a key role in changing policy and laws bolstering PA practice.

Drew was a loving and supportive father and a devoted grandfather. He was also a loyal friend, and is sorely missed by all those who had the privilege to know him.

His vision and lifelong advocacy for PAs provided some of the early framework for the academy, as they shared many core values.


Annual Primary Update

Today, the MOAPA continues Morten’s legacy, evident in their Annual Primary Update conference, which combines an unsurpassed continuance of medication education, and a mid-summer vacation!

Guests are encouraged to escape to Branson with their families and relax in one of the Midwest’s most popular vacation destinations.

“You and your family can enjoy boating, fishing, golf, hiking, and more!” as noted by MOAPA.

The 2016 Annual Primary Update (July 21-24) features an expanded vendor hall featuring over 26 educational sessions with Category 1 CME hours, CME credit to Nurse Practitioners, and daily prize giveaways including gift certificates, performance inspired logo-embroidered primary care-wear and more.

This year’s Primary Update is filled with special guests and compelling keynotes including:

  • Strategies for Improving Long-term  Management of Hepatic Encephalopathy presented by  Kevin D. Mullen, MD Professor in Medicine, Gastroenterology Division Case Western Reserve University Cleveland, Ohio, Integrity Continuing Education, and Taneycome A&B
  • What’s the Buzz in Women’s Health presented by Alecia Kellen, APRN
  • Pulmonary Hypertension: The Diagnosis That You Don’t Want to Miss presented by David Badesch, MD

For more on this conference, and the state of primary health care in Missouri, please visit the Missouri Academy of PAs website.

Joseph Bryant
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